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Question reference: S6W-09190

  • Asked by: Gillian Mackay, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Green Party
  • Date lodged: 16 June 2022
  • Current status: Answered by Maree Todd on 28 June 2022


To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the impact of rising levels of obesity on (a) non-alcohol-related fatty liver disease and (b) non-alcoholic steatohepatitis.


Living with overweight or obesity is linked with an increased risk of developing a range of health conditions, including non-alcohol-related fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). According to the 2019 Scottish Health Survey , two-thirds of adults in Scotland were overweight or obese. Obesity prevalence in Scotland has remained relatively stable since 2008.

The Scottish Government has not carried out a specific assessment of the impact of rising levels of obesity on NAFLD or NASH.

We want everyone in Scotland to eat well and have a healthy weight. We continue to implement our 2018 Diet and Healthy Weight Delivery Plan . We also continue to support NHS boards to improve weight management services in line with our Type 2 Diabetes Prevention, Early Detection and Intervention Framework and Public Health Scotland’s national standards .

Further information on NAFLD and NASH is available to the public and clinicians on NHS Inform and other professional groups such as British Society of Gastroenterology , and charitable organisations such as British Liver Trust .